U.S. soldiers killed seven Taliban insurgents in a successful pre-dawn raid to rescue a kidnapped American doctor in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday, the NATO force in the war-torn country said.

The mission was launched when intelligence showed that Dr. Dilip Joseph was in “imminent danger of injury or death”, NATO’s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said in a statement.

Dr. Joseph was abducted on December 5 by Taliban insurgents in the Surobi district of Kabul province. A security source told AFP the doctor had been involved in building clinics in Afghanistan but details of his capture were not immediately available.

Hazrat Mohammad Haqbeen, the Governor of Surobi told AFP that the man was kidnapped along with an Afghan colleague who was released in return for a ransom earlier in the week.

Seven of the doctor’s captors were killed in the operation, which involved combined U.S. and Afghan forces. — AFP